Thursday, May 17, 2012

Howard Bursen Continues to Amaze at Sharpe Hill (CT)

Sharpe Hill Vineyard is the award winning winery in Connecticut's Quiet Corner! I cannot lie, I have been a fan if this winery since I first started driving around tasting wines in the late 80s and early 90s. Sharpe Hill Vineyard has received over 250 medals in International tastings and is located in the town of Pomfret - just minutes from scenic Route 169 and from the Putnam Antiques District.

The winemaker is industry veteran Howard Bursen. Howard has been making great wines in Connecticut for more than 25 years, and should be seen as not only one of the elder statesmen of east coast winemaking, but one of the most accomplished. While his North Fork brethren on Long Island seem to get all the ink in the big newspapers, Howard has toiled away in the qiet backwaters of the Connecticut wine industry. Howard has worked with Sharpe Hill to produce wines which have received over 80 awards for excellence in national and international competitions. He has over 25 years of hands-on experience in all phases of winery and vineyard operation.

I recently had the Sharpe Hill 2010 Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay. It was light, crisp delicate, and Burgundian in style. This was beautiful wine with green apple, tropical notes, and a lovely whiff of vanilla. A fabulous wine!

I can't say enough nice things about this wine, and we can;t say enough nice things about Howard's accomplishments in east coast winemaking, and his contributions that establishment over the last 25 years. Congrats to Sharpe Hill and to Howard!